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their stance on gays? see their online outreach that's turning some heads. good sunday morning to you, i'm susan heindricks. thank you for starting your morning with us. we start with supports, a devastating story here. more details of a second nfl tragedy. jerry brown has been killed in a car accident. he was riding in a car driven by josh brent. police think alcohol was involved, and he says after hitting a curb at a high speed, their car travelled nearly 900 feet. take a listen. >> our officers on scene felt as if alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident, so he was asked to perform some field
sobriety tests. based on performance in those tests, along with our officers observations, and the conversations they had with him, he was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. >> he has been arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter. a second degree felony charge. he could face a sentence from two to 20 years. a update now, new video released by the kansas city police show jovan belcher hours before he apparently killed his girlfriend and then himself. the first dash cam video you see here shows police catching to belcher. he was not arrested, and he told police he was going to an apartment to the see a woman. listen to what police told him. >> you live right here? then you need to just go upstairs, dude. >> okay, that's going to be your
best bet. >> we're trying to cut you a break here. >> take a look here, second dash cam video from five hours later, officers responding to a second belcher 911 call. he had apparently already killed the mother of his child and shot himself at the chief's kansas city practice facility. listen now to the officers learning who is behind the violence. >> we have a confirmed shooting, it is, i believe, belcher, plays for the chiefs. we have confirmed that, so -- >> well, egypt's president says he has heard the people, and is giving up most of the power he took in a recent decree, but they call the switch a farce. his decision is not retro active, meaning the actions he took since the original decree will stand. among them, the draft constitution he approved.
opponents say morsi cut them out of the process. chavez says his cancer has returned and needs immediate surgery. he has been undergoing treatment in cuba. his doctors recently did tected more malignant cells which means more surgery and an uncertain presidency. patrick is joining us, this announcement has a sense of urgency to it, what do you know? >> we having some difficulty? all right, we just lost him. we'll get back with them when we get that signal back. meanwhile, when you hear the term fiscal cliff, you probably think about higher taxes, right? could it also have an impact on what we eat? first, a very good morning to
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on thursday, washington's state's new laws legalizing marijuana and gay marriage went into effect. >> from snl to mtv, this is no laughing matter for joe manchin. he is tanking on mtv over a new reality show. he wants the network to cancel the show, set to air early next year. the 12 episodes show cast members drinking beer, drinking, fighting, and using the bed of a truck as a swimming pool. the white house now has an
official appearance on pinterest. they want to make the people's house open and accessible to the public, this is one way they're doing it. the white house already has it's own twitter and facebook accounts as well. >> most of us know by now the fiscal cliff is looming. if lawmakers don't come up with a deal, our taxes will go up and dramatic spending cuts will affect agencies across the board, and that includes the food and drug administration. emily schmidt explains what it could all mean for your food. >> susan, the federal government says americans spend about a trillion dollars a year on food. there are two agencies responsible for food saety. the job is the same with less funding to make it happen. >> preparing for the holidays in the bennett's house, is a
reminder of something else, a fiscal cliff deadline that's personal here. >> i can't imagine funding being cut at this point, it will be tragic. >> chloe was in the hospital from two weeks, luke for three. >> contaminated food sickens about 48 million people a year. so the fda foot safety and administration service -- the budget cut translates to a combined $157 million. there's no word exactly what cuts would mean to expecter staffing. >> they're already stretched then when it comes to the inspection activities, they really need increased resources, and not fewers. >> agencies always say they're
stretched. >> dean clancy is with freedom works, and says there is nothing to fear. >> dangerous public health and safety is an irresponsible scare tactic, especially when you realize these are not real cuts, these are reductions from anticipated increases in spending. >> to cut the budget for the agencies will significantly impact them today and tomorrow. >> you made that one, didn't you? >> tressa bennett and your kids are now healthy and food safety advocat advocates. >> they say nobody should fear what they eat. >> a company that tracks recalls says there were 414 last quarter, the highest level in the last two years. most of them came from worries related too food born illness. thank you, hugo chavez was
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15 minutes past the hour, a beautiful shot there from new york. it started out a little foggy, looks to be a beautiful morning there. we start with this, italy's former playboy billionaire is going to run for office again. he resigned about a year ago. mario monte runs it now, but says he will step down when the budget is passed.
berlusconi's turn started a year ago. north korea saws a launch is designed to get a satellite into orbit. the syrian rebels are taking an important step. while the fighting will rages, hillary clinton is getting ready to meet with a group of countries supporting the rebels. this would be washington's first step to formally recognizing the opposition government, something france and britain have already done. the army is moving to unify it's command structure to make thorough is has a more educative fighting force. this morning, nelson mandela is in the hospital, jacob zuma paid him a visit, and said there is no cause for alarm.
susan, as you can imagine, south africans are holding their collective breath, their very worried about their beloved former president. they call him father in one of the native languages, they adore him. he helped bring democracy to this nation. we're getting very little information about what is wrong with him. as you said, the president visited nelson mandela, and he came out saying he is in good care and is comfortable. we're not being told what kind of tests are being run on him. yesterday, when the news broke that he had been hospitalized, we're told that he went in for tests, and that it was in line with treatments that people, his age, 94 go through. but no more details today from the presidency.
jacob zuma treats it as a closely gaurded secret. he is appealing to everybody to give his family privacy. >> we're certainly hoping for the best. what is the feeling there? is there a sense of panic, or are people saying he is in his 90s, it's just testing, as you said? >> you know, in an information vacuum, naturally people would panic, and they read a lot into things. for example, the president visiting the former president is worrying to a lot of south africans. why did he feel he needed to go see him. we don't see this very often. the last time he was here at number one military, which is where we suspect he is, we have not even been told which hospital, we're assuming it is here, and we were told this was a routine check up when he went into a johannasburg, and it
emerged that he had an infection. in a 94-year-old, something small can be life threatening. so even if it is insignificant, people want to hear the details of exactly what's wrong with mr. mandela. >> thank you. appreciate that live report. now to south america, where we've been telling you that hugo chavez made news saying his cancer has returned. he repeatedly kissed a cross, and he named the man he wants to succeed him if something goes wrong. so could this be the end of the chavez era, so why go to cuba for this operation? great to see you, nadya, by the way. first of all, him naming his successor, that makes you wonder how bad is this? >> what we know is he has cancer in the pelvic area, he that
malignant cells where tumors were removed, and he spoke about the fear of his operation. he said an operation like this, an illness like this, always carries risk. if something were to happen that would incapacitate me, nicholas should not only finish my term, you should also elect nicholas maduro to be president. >> he has had cancer before, and now he is naming his successor. why go to cuba for the operation? did that stand out to you? >> yes, and it's sort of unusual for a president to go to another country. so the former president of paraguay, went to peru. >> mainly, the reason he is
going to cuba, is for privacy. >> he is such a strong critic of the u.s., do the people there feel the same way. >> he is a very divisive president. the u.s. is the symbol of capitalism, and there are many anti-chavez oppositions. so we have a very divided country. >> and he is suggesting, the vice president, his successor, naming him, do you think the attitude would change. >> well it's interesting, because he was the united nations ambassador. he lived in america for many years, he's a firm advocate, a confidant, his vice president, and his foreign minister. >> and he seemed to get emotional, do you think it means he got news that he will announce down the road? >> we have seen him this emotional before. he was elected in october, and
he said he was in complete remission. in april. he had a very moving ceremony. so we have seen that before. certainly there must be something that happened that he heard that will involve surgery. >> i thought that would be a given that the vp is his successor. is he doing it for more his team, saying if it does happen, he will be in my place. >> he wants to make sure that if he is out for a period of time, that someone that endorses him will be in his position. so we'll watch very closely. >> thank you, we will. now we want to go to patrick otman joining us from havana, what's the reaction in cuba? >> absolutely, it was shown here
last night, and hugo chavez is such a close, close ally, providing tens of thousands of barrels of oil to cuba keeps this country running. so the population here, the leaders keeping a very close eye on his health. some people estimated that he spent more time in cuba this year than venezuela, but we're thinking he could arrive as early as today to begin his new battle against cancer, and he says as soon as he arrives, he will need to undergo surgery immediately been. >> and the treatment did not work before, is this a last ditch effort, if you will? >> you really sense from his announcement last night, it was a different hugo chavez that we saw, naming his successor. things that he said that were preparing the road that if he
isn't able to continue, that at least his ideas, his people, will continue on after him. but, this is someone who is obviously very ill. he said in october he had gone there complete remission, and that was one of the factors for being reelected. now if he were to be incapacitied, his vice president, nicholas madora, would need to run for reelection within 30 days of shah lez leaving power. so there is nothing certain about who would succeed him. a lot of uncertainty for cuba and venezuela. >> patrick, any reaction from raul castro on this? >> no, we have not heart from from cuban government officials. in the past, they respected
chavez's privacy, allowed him to make the announcements. we expect him to meet him at the airport if he arrives today. but you can guarantee that cuban officials are following the developments here. one of the things that made chavez so influential throughout the region and the world, is he has really given away much of his country's oil wealth for securing cuba, nicaragua, and in a sense, that bought him credibility, power, and we just don't know if his successor would keep those kinds of generosity go books when and that's concern for officials here in cuba. >> appreciate that, thanks so much. did you see it last night? a historic night for one college student. as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true.
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deejays. the longer term consequence has be reported around the world and is tragic beyond words. the nurse, jacintha is survived by her thursday and two children. history was made last night in new york. >> and now, the 2012 winner of the heisman memorial trophy, is -- johnny manziel. >> there you have it, the texas a&m quarterback game the first freshman to ever win the trophy. he crushed the south earn conference record. and with a crushing right hand last night, juan marquez knocked
out pacquiao. marquez ended in a devicive fashion. talking about the nfl, sad news, a second nfl tragedy. last week, a kansas city chief killed himself and his girlfriend, as you may know, and yesterday, a dallas cowboy died in a possible drunk driving accident. mark mccay has more. >> jerry brown junior, a dallas cowboy's practice squad linebacker was skilled on saturday. the 25-year-old was a passenger in a car driving by his teammate, josh brent. police arrested and booked the lineman into the irving city jail on one count of intoxication manslaughter. >> our officers on scene felt as
if alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident, so mr. brent was asked to perform from field sobriety tests. after he performed them, and after conversations they had with him, he was placed under arrest. >> the dallas cowboys learned about the death of one teammate, and the arrest of another, before they boarded a night to cincinnati. jer jer jer jerry jones issued a statement saying we're deeply saddened by in incident. our hearts and thoughts are with jerry's family and those who knew and loved him. one week ago, the nfl was smhakn by the death of jovan belcher.
>> jovan is a member of the family, what we did, we didn't like, but he is still a member of our family. and when you go out in society, and things like this happen in society, because they do happen in society, you don't see people throwing the family members out the door, you know? they're still loved by their family members, but the act you don't like. so youf move on, you deal with it, and you don't have a choice w , and you don't have a choice. >> tears are sometimes shed on the field. in back to back weeks, the league has been moved to tears by two separate, but no less tragic, off the field events. >> our thanks to mark mccay for that. the mormon church has not always been gay friendy, but a new website is trying to change
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gays. two groups that don't normally go together. this week, this website was launched to teach compassion and acceptance. leaders say that the acts are only for a man and a woman. this man is married today a woman, he has a baby as you saw, also joining us is justin utley, who is openly ga, and a former member of the mormon church. >> ty, some groups have criticized the church for their stance on gays, do you think this website is enough to change that? is it a step? >> it's a step, yes.
it's a step toward shifting a culture. and in the culture, there has been a lot of problematic cultures. hopefully more families will read what the leaders are saying. >> is it about acceptance, or kind of -- what is it really saying, what's the message? we accept you for who you are? >> it's saying that we love you, ultimately. and that where ever you are in your journey, in your life path, we want to walk this with you. if you left the church, we love you and we want to be in relationship with you, friends, family, and we ultimately don't want that to change. >> what's your reaction, is this enough? >> no, clearly, and i was surprised and a little not
surprised at the same time. we know in the wake of prop 8, $25 was raised to combat it in california. and now they're trying to do collateral damage, they put out a website, but to me it's acknowledging the issue exists, but it's not doing enough to repair the bullying, the ga suicide rate. those types of things need action behind the words, they need to put the money where their mouth is on this one. >> ty, what do you say to justin when you hear that? >> i mean -- >> ty and i know each other from the same gay therapy. >> when you hear from justin, do you think the therapy just worked for you, and if he goes through more therapy, it could work for him? >> for me -- we attended a support group together, not
necessarily therapy -- >> it was therapy. >> just to be clear as far as my own story, i wouldn't even say -- i don't consider myself exgay, and i would not use the word overcome, that is not a term i would use. >> do you still identify as a homo sexual. >> what it is for me is my spiritual journey, and it's been a spiritual journey with god to understanding myself, understanding life -- >> so ty, it seems -- >> i feel like i can get to a place where i can marry and have a healthy marriage. >> it seems the church is being more open to this. if your son came to you and said i'm gay what would be your
reaction? >> to listen, to understand his experience, what his experience has been as far as how he felt about himself, how this as affected his -- his feelings about himself, feelings about a family, his views -- my first reaction would be to want to listen to understand him or her, we have a daughter on the way as well, and to understand where he or she is coming from. >> justin, that seems to be a huge step, if his son came to him and said i may be ga, that he may be open to listen to that. >> absolutely. it is a big step as far as a personal choice is concerned. i know a lot of mormons who marched in the gay pride this year in support of lbgt equality, they're stepping outside of the church's realm of doctrine and policy, and going beyond and above that basically to what christ taught, which is to love your neighbor as
yourself. so the doctrine is still contained to, as a homosexual you can sit on the sideline, participate, but if you wanted hold hands, flirt, date, fall in love, and marry your partner, we can't have you as a part of that, and that's the difference. it's a personal choice for people. i think more and more people are finding that part outside of the box, where they can think outside of that policy, and say no, i love my son, daughter, my parents, and i support them in all of this, and i support their right to be married, and have equality in the workplace. so with ty, it's definitely a personal choice how he addresses that with his son, and it's a good one. >> the site says from a public relations perspective, it would be easier for the church to simply accept homosexual behavior, that cannot do for god's law is not ours to change, so justin, what is the church
really saying, we're not open top this, but we're not changing our true beliefs. >> they're saying we're not calling you sexual deviants any more. we'll acknowledge you're there, we may have said things in the past that were hurtful, but now we're acknowledging that you exist, which is great, it's a small step, but at this rate, these steps won't become equality until, you know, another thousand years from now, which i don't have that kind of time. >> it seems like a step though, appreciate you coming on today. for more stories, be sure to check out our belief blog. how about this, it's official, the pope has a twitter page, when he will start tweeting and where you can follow him. ♪ why not make lunch more than just lunch?
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the count down is on, we're 23 days away from going over the fiscal cliff, and still no agreement reached. candy crowley joins me now. >> they may not need to work through the holidays, and i mean that in the bad news kind of way. what has to happen, first, is that speaker boehner will have to make a deal with the president. i think it might be difficult to pass, i think they will have to round up some votes, it could take two, three, or four days for them to pass, for these bills to pass. my sense of it is the speaker will not come out and announce a
deal he can't pass. i think by the time the two of them get a deal, the speaker will be pretty certain that between his worship, and nancy pelosi's membership, they can put together a coalition that can pass this thing in the senate which is pretty dominated by democrats. more of a foregoing conclusion. >> and who is coming up on your show to talk about the fiscal cliff today? >> we doctor v two remembers, marsha blackburn, they both have very different views, suppose the speaker gets a deal, and he can't get his folks to sign on. it has happened before as we know. it happened in the grand deal that he and president obama were putting together together before, so how far can the speaker go, before they start to lose too many people. so we'll have them talk about
how short or long of a leash the speaker has. >> and i understand you have kristine laguard on? >> yes, she is head of the i.m.f., and in this global economy, nobody is in their economy alone. the world is also watching these negotiations and the lack of a deal, certainly, could shake the markets, and shake confidence across the globe. this is a global village watching the fiscal cliff. >> thanks, looking forward to that. looking forward to state of the union which starts in about ten minutes. now, time to get ready for the week ahead, it's a busy week, monday, nobel prizes will be awarded, and on monday, it is
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welcome back, the law legalizing same sex marriage took effect in washington state on thursday, officials are preparing for a flood of marriage applicants from couple's applications. couples must submit marriage certificates three days in advanced. hundreds of same sex marriages are expected today. lady gaga wrote this, thank you, prime minister medvedev. >> kwout, it was called unnecessary. gaga's worlds have been retweeted almost 5,000 times.
>> next time. >> not bad, james. >> well, thank you. >> the new james bond movie "sky fall" is back at the top of the box office rankings, but this is shaping up to be one of the lowest weekends for movie sales in over a decade. "breaking dawn" got bumped down after three weeks at the top. and beau is front and center. first lady michelle obama selected a photoby an iowan artist, she called the moment very surreal. the relationship between president obama and house speaker john boehner can sometimes seem tense and
awkward, so snl decided to try and explain it. >> in order to get the support of the speaker, i agreed there would be no tax increases, i repeat, zero tax increases. why would i do that? i mean i won the election. i had the leverage, why give in? well, simply put, i felt sorry for this man. early this week, i found my way into the congressional cafeteria, and what do i see? john boehner, sitting by himself. all alone. not a single member of his party willing to share his company. he didn't even have any milk to drink because, well, tell them why, john? >> they had taken my milk and thrown it in the garbage. >> these are supposed to be his friends and colleges. tell them what your so called friends did to your office desk? >> it was a rubber snake.
>> a rubber snake. and did it scare you? >> it did. >> i was so heart broken to hear this, i said look, how about this, john. if you agree to a 1% raise on the top two americans, just two people, i will dissolve social security -- dissolve it. so we took it to the republicans, and congress, and what do they do? >> they invited me to a pizza party. >> and when you got there? >> it was a burned out warehouse. >> did you go inside? >> yes. >> and was there any pizza? >> no. >> and then what happened? >> they jumped out and pelted me with eggs. >> fresh eggs? >> rotten eggs. >> how do they keep a straight face? if you close your eyes, it sounds exactly like obama. you can always continue the conversation with